Week 7: Check-In

Our Four Noble Truths, and quest for enlightenment through the Eightfold Path, reminds us that we must let go of all of the mental distortions that weight us down and keep us entangled/attached in the perpetual cycle of suffering that is inevitable for our species when we cling tightly to distortions that cause us to over-identify with our physical bodies, ideologies, identities, and our impermanent creations in our lifetime.

This, however, does not mean that we abandon care for our bodies/life vessels, or that we recklessly go around creating havoc in the world instead of consciously and diligently taking actions/performing “right” karma in order to manifest and bring about “good” things for ourselves and others while we are alive.

Letting go of our clinging to illusion, simply means developing awareness of what we are creating in our bodies, lives, and world through the landscape and tool of our minds, and being unattached to both the illusions that allow our resulting creations to manifest, as well as being detached from the outcome of what we manifest from our place of purity.

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Removing Judgement From Your Journey, And Enjoying The Learning That Comes From Suffering

Have you ever (when in a safe context and space) laughed through pain, or through a painful story when working through your own challenging experience or when helping someone else work though a painful story of their own?

I am not referring to those who laugh in situations that they find awkward out of discomfort either, but instead, I am referring to the genuine full-belly laugh that comes from a place of truly understanding the hilarity and absurdity of a situation, event, or experience? If you have, then you would have touched upon some very important truths about life, the nature of our minds, and the insanity of our collective experience.

Congratulations! You are one step closer to getting a grip on this whole insane situation.

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What The Four Noble Truths Remind Us About Suffering, Trauma, Adversity, and Healing

I first learned about the Four Noble Truths in my sophomore (it had to be my second and not first) year of High School. I know this as a fact because I distinctly remember being yelled at my a fellow classmate when I raised my hand to recite the first truth.

I remember the moment clearly because he reacted to my answer with such anger and force that he not only revealed that he had not completed his homework assignment, but also made it seem as if I were the one who had first discovered and shared the understanding with our group.

I assume now, reflecting back at his response, that maybe the knowledge of this great understanding was a bit too much for his teenage mind to grasp, since he had just barely started his life’s journey and may have had some hope that things would only get better and better from where he stood, or, maybe, he was simply in denial like most people tend to be.

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